Tom Brady has become quite the public menace since his move to Tampa Bay — and not just with local authorities.
The new Bucs quarterback has already been kicked out of a public park and, in early April, accidentally trespassed into a house adjacent to the home of Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Regarding the latter incident, ESPN reported that Brady, who was carrying duffel bags with him at the time, was coming to pick up materials from his new coach while following social distancing guidelines.
Said David Kramer, whose home was invaded by Brady: “I literally was just sitting here and I watch this tall guy just walk into my house. He didn’t even look at me. He just like dropped his duffel bags down on the floor and just kind of like looked up at me and I’ll never forget the look on his face. … He just goes, ‘Am I in the wrong house?!'”
At first glance, it was merely another funny incident as Brady attempted to acclimate to his new city. Yet NFL teams are reportedly furious with Brady’s attempt to connect with Leftwich. Why? Because the league’s collective bargaining agreement prohibits players from meeting with coaches at all before the start of their offseason programs.
Said one source to Pro Football Talk: “Totally illegal. They should be fined. Plus, I bet those duffel bags had footballs in them.”
Some teams’ offseason programs were scheduled to start as early as April 6 but, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, were delayed till April 20. Even then, all meetings are supposed to take place virtually. So it would conceivably make sense for Brady to skirt those rules to learn Tampa’s offense quicker — and for NFL teams to be enraged at the prospect.
Indeed, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora has reported that NFL teams are “miffed” about the incident and have “conveyed their dismay to league officials” demanding the team be punished. That punishment would likely be nothing more than a fine.
If there’s any positive to come from this, it’s this: Even among a pandemic, you can count on rumors of Brady trying to cheat.